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Forum topic by bryano posted 08-20-2007 03:27 AM 18064 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2007 03:27 AM

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dose anybody know anything about chain saw lumber makers and what is the best one? harbor freight has one but i cant find any reviews. mother inlaw wants me to take down a large cherry tree and i want the lumber.

-- bryano

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#1 posted 08-20-2007 04:25 AM

I have the Granberg G777 small log mill and paid around $120 for it. It turned out to be a great mill. When I researched these, I found several good references to this mill and their larger Alaskan mills. I looked at the HF model also…

I took down an old ash tree in my mother’s backyard early spring and got about 100 board feet out of it using this mill. It was really slow going, but worth it. Can’t wait to start using it this fall.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#2 posted 08-20-2007 04:59 AM

thank you Matt. Ill check the Granberg out. Ive got to find something quick, im cutting the tree down next weekend.

-- bryano

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#3 posted 08-20-2007 06:19 PM

I have the Alaskan Small Log mill too…check this out.

Also, it really helps speed things up (a bit) if you use ripping chain, or grind a standard chain (ground at 25-30 degrees) to 5 degrees.

I bought mine from Lee Valley.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 08-26-2007 03:15 PM

I lost quite a few trees during the ice storm back in January. I didn’t want to cut all that lumber up into firewood, so I bought a Granberg Alaskan Small Log mill. Great Accessory for a chainsaw!! However, make sure your saw has the HP to really plow through the log. I’ve got a Husky (can’t remember the engine displacement or HP) and, even with a ripping chain, it was pretty slow going. Quite the workout, too. But, all in all, I was able to mill approximately 2K board feet of hickory and white oak. One piece of advice: do NOT learn how to use the mill on hickory. When I started out, I just couldn’t understand why it was taking so long and why I had to resharpen the chain every third cut. Then it dawned on me: I was milling one of the hardest north American hardwoods… Heck of a way to get broken in!

-- Eric Olson Springfield, MO Rock Creek Designs

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 08-26-2007 06:33 PM

I’ve got one of them Harbor freght attachments. I uded it when I made our cedar benches. The day I used it I didn’t have any gas for my chainsaw, So I used my electric one which is kind of sloww, but it worked alright. The next time I use it I’m using the gas one. It does the job if you don’t want to spend much. I know there are some better ones out there.
Here it is in action!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 08-27-2007 09:49 AM

Thanks everyone for your input. I really like the features of the alaskan mill, but because of cost ill be buying the one from harbour freight. When finances allow ill get the alaskan mill. Hey Dick C, nice use of a wood clamp. great idea.

-- bryano

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